House Committee Holds Hearing on “Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disaster”

On July 28, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held a hearing titled “Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disaster.” Witnesses were Curtis Brown, State Coordinator of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, testifying on behalf of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management; Chad Higdon, CEO, Second Harvest Community Food Bank; Marcie Roth, Executive Director and CEO, World Institute on Disability; and Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Visit the Committee website for more information or to view video of the hearing.

House Committee to Hold Hearing on “Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disaster”

On July 28, the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management will hold a hearing titled “Experiences of Vulnerable Populations During Disaster.” Witnesses will be Curtis Brown, State Coordinator of Emergency Management, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, testifying on behalf of the Institute for Diversity and Inclusion in Emergency Management; Chad Higdon, CEO, Second Harvest Community Food Bank; Marcie Roth, Executive Director and CEO, World Institute on Disability; and Diane Yentel, President and CEO, National Low Income Housing Coalition. Visit the Committee website for more information or to view live video on the day of the hearing.

House Committee Holds Hearing on the Impact of COVID-19 on Social Security and Its Beneficiaries

On July 17, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Social Security, held a hearing titled “The Impact of COVID-19 on Social Security and Its Beneficiaries.” Witnesses were Stephen C. Goss, Chief Actuary, Social Security Administration; Max Richtman, President and CEO, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; Melanie L. Campbell, President and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation and Convener of the Black Women’s Roundtable; Mattie Duppler, Senior Fellow for Fiscal Policy, National Taxpayers Union, Abigail Zapote, Executive Director, Latinos for a Secure Retirement; Shaun Castle, Deputy Executive Director, Paralyzed Veterans of America; Robert Roach, Jr., President, Alliance for Retired Americans. Visit the Committee website for more information or to view archived video of the hearing.

House Committee Holds Hearing on Education Budget Cuts

On June 15, the House Committee on Education and Labor held a hearing titled “Budget Cuts and Lost Learning: Assessing the Impact of COVID-19 on Public Education.” Witnesses were Michael Leachman, Ph.D., Vice President for State Fiscal Policy, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; Rebecca Pringle, Vice President, National Education Association; Mark Johnson, Superintendent of Public Instruction, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction; and Eric Gordon, Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Visit the Committee website for more information or to access video of the hearing.

House Committee Holds Hearing on Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families During the COVID-19 Recession

On June 18, the House Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures held a hearing titled “Tax Relief to Support Workers and Families During the COVID-19 Recession.” Witnesses were Amy Matsui, Senior Counsel, The National Women’s Law Center; Indivar Dutta-Gupta, Co-Executive Director, the Center on Poverty and Inequality at the Georgetown University Law Center; Allison Bovell-Ammon, Director of Policy Strategy for Children’s HealthWatch at Boston Medical Center; Martha Rodriguez, Preschool educator from Renton, WA; and Kyle Pomerleau, resident fellow, American Enterprise Institute. Visit the Committee website for more information or to access video of the hearing.

Housing: House Committee Holds Hearing on COVID-19 and Evictions

On June 10, the House Committee on Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance held a hearing titled, “The Rent Is Still Due: America’s Renters, COVID-19, and an Unprecedented Eviction Crisis.” Witnesses were Cashauna Hill, Executive Director, Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center; Mike Kingsella, Executive Director, Up for Growth; Ann Oliva, Visiting Senior Fellow, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities; and Jenny Schuetz, Fellow, The Brookings Institution. The hearing examined 13 bills including the Emergency Rental Assistance and Rental Market Stabilization Act (H.R.6820) and the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800). Visit the Committee website for more information or access video of the hearing.

Rights: House Committee Holds Hearing on Protecting the Right to Vote During the COVID-19 Pandemic

On June 3, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties held a hearing titled, “Protecting the Right to Vote During the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Witnesses were Stacey Abrams, Chair, Fair Fight Action; J. Christian Adams, President and General Counsel, Public Interest Legal Foundation; Barbara Arnwine, President, Transformative Justice Coalition; Jocelyn Benson, Secretary of State, State of Michigan; Michelle Bishop, Disability Advocacy Specialist for Voting Rights, National Disability Rights Network; Tom Fitton, President, Judicial Watch; Dale Ho, Director, Voting Rights Project, American Civil Liberties Union; and Myrna Perez, Director, Voting Rights and Elections Program, Brennan Center for Justice. Visit the Committee website for more information or access video of the hearing.

Immigration: House to Hold Hearing on Deporting Critically Ill Children and Their Families

On October 24, the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will hold a hearing on the Administration’s Decision to Deport Critically Ill Children and Their Families. Ken Cuccinelli, the Acting Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and Matthew T. Albence, the Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will testify. This hearing was originally scheduled for October 17, but was postponed. Additional information on the rescheduled hearing will likely be posted on the committee website. Read The Arc’s initial statement opposing the Administration’s policy here.

Employment: Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Labor Nominee

On September 19, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held a hearing on the nomination of Eugene Scalia to be Secretary of Labor. The Department of Labor is the agency responsible for the implementation of federal labor and employment laws, including those relating to wages and hours. Additionally, it includes the Office of Disability Employment Policy which is a non-regulatory agency that promotes employment of people with disabilities. Visit the Committee web site for more information or to access video of the hearing.

Rights/Immigration: House Holds Hearing on “The Administration’s Apparent Revocation of Medical Deferred Action for Critically Ill Children”

On September 11, the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties held a hearing on “The Administration’s Apparent Revocation of Medical Deferred Action for Critically Ill Children.” This policy allowed some immigrants to with serious medical needs and their family members who care for them to stay in the country while receiving life-saving treatment. The Arc is opposed to ending this policy. Visit the Committee website for more information or to access video on the of the hearing. Read The Arc’s statement on this policy here, and see the letter of record from disability advocates, including The Arc, here.